If you are on a visit to India and planning a trip to Northern India, then you might want to experience the divinity of holy places here, one such holy place is ‘Varanasi’, also known as Banaras or Kashi, it is one of the seven holiest cities of India, considered as the abode of Lord Shiva, situated on the banks of River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which is believed to have the power of washing away all of one’s sins. It’s also one of the oldest living cities in the world, more than 3000 years old.
Varanasi city is also one the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India. In Hinduism it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births. As pundits here will tell you, whatever is sacrificed and chanted here or given in charity reaps its fruits thousand times more than those good deeds performed at other places because of the power of that place.
It is believed that three nights of fasting in Varanasi city can reap you rewards of many thousands of lifetimes of asceticism!Mark Twain, the famous English author, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Benaras, once wrote: “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”.Varanasi is also known as- ‘City of Light’, ‘Capital of Knowledge’, ‘City of Temples’… A City of Ashrams & Muths, the city is rich in Arts, Music, Dance and literature. A centre for studying Astrology, Sanskrit, Yoga, Ayurveda. It is also famous for its Banarsi Saree, Handicrafts, Jari work, Wooden Items.
The holy city has been a symbol of spiritualism, philosophy and mysticism for thousands of years and has produced great saints and personalities like Guatama Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Tulsi Das, Shankaracharaya, Ramanuja and Patanjali. Take a Holy dip in sacred River Ganges at Varanasi and feel the spirituality…Holiday India welcomes you to this Abode of Lord Shiva, a religious and spiritual city!